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Ox, n.; pl. Oxen. Etym: [as. oxa; akin to d. os. G. ochs, ochse, ohg. Ohso, icel. oxi, sw. & dan. oxe, goth. aúhsa, skr. ukshan ox, bull; Cf. Skr. uksh to sprinkle. Humid, aurochs.] (zoöl.)
Defn: the male of bovine quadrupeds, especially the domestic animal
When castrated and grown to its full size, or nearly so. The word is
also applied, as a general name, to any species of bovine animals,
male and female.
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field. Ps. viii. 7.
Note: the castrated male is called a steer until it attains its full
growth, and then, an ox; but if castrated somewhat late in life, it
is called a stag. The male, not castrated, is called a bull. These
distinctions are well established in regard to domestic animals of
this genus. When wild animals of this kind are spoken of, ox is often
applied both to the male and the female. The name ox is never applied
to the individual cow, or female, of the domestic kind. Oxen may
comprehend both the male and the female. Grunting ox (zoöl.), the
-- indian ox (zoöl.), the zebu.
-- javan ox (zoöl.), the banteng.
-- musk ox. (zoöl.) See under musk.
-- ox bile. See ox gall, below.
-- ox gall, the fresh gall of the domestic ox; -- used in the arts and in medicine.
-- ox pith, ox marrow. [obs.] Marston.
-- ox ray (zoöl.), a very large ray (dicerobatis giornæ) of southern Europe. It has a hornlike organ projecting forward from each pectoral fin. It sometimes becomes twenty feet long and twenty-eight feet broad, and weighs over a ton. Called also sea devil.
-- to have the black ox tread on one's foot, to be unfortunate; to know what sorrow is (because black oxen were sacrificed to pluto). leigh hunt.
---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Ox - Heb. bakar , "cattle;" "neat cattle", (Genesis 12:16; Genesis 34:28; Job 1:3, Job 1:14; Job 42:12, etc.); not to be muzzled when treading the corn (Deuteronomy 25:4). Referred to by our Lord in his reproof to the Pharisees (Luke 13:15; Luke 14:5).
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